• Camphire International Horse Trials & Country Fair Launched

    Posted on On July 10, 2018

    The 2018 Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair that takes place on the historic and picturesque grounds of Camphire Estate was launched today.  The event will take place from Friday, 27th to Sunday, 29th July and will be run on the Wilks family Camphire Estate and on the adjoining Browne family farm on the banks of the Blackwater River in West Waterford and is less than one hour from Cork and Waterford cities.

    The feature event this year will be the Sema Lease  CCI 3*  Class. There are 7 International classes in all catering for amateur and professional riders. In addition, there are classes for 4 and 5 year old young horses and a 6 year old International class. Irish senior riders will be competing at Camphire for places on the Irish team for the World Equestrian Games which takes place in America this Autumn.

    GAIN Equine Nutrition who continue their support of the event with their sponsorship of the GAIN Equine Nutrition CIC2*, which also attracts a strong international field.

    Entries will close in the coming days, and it looks like more than 300 horses will compete, representing some of the best riders and horses from 10 nations including Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, France, USA and Germany.

    The new 3* challenging cross-country course designed by Paul Brady, with support from renowned Olympic and World Equestrian Games course designer Mike-Etherington-Smith -covers 3½ miles with over 40 obstacles and should be a great test for both horse and rider.

    Paul Brady, Ian Hannon, Richard Ames (Sema Lease) and Allen Brady at the launch of the 2018 Camphire International Horse Trials & Country Fair

    Paul Brady, Event Organiser said, “It takes huge cost and support in order to be able to run an international event such as this and I give special thanks to our main sponsors – Sema Lease who have come on board this year, for their generous sponsorship.  Also, I would like to thank Gain Equine Nutrition, Castleacare and Ecclesiastical Insurance, George Corbett Skoda, Horse Sport Ireland and Eventing Ireland as well as private patrons and friends  for their continued support. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our land owners, the Wilks and the Browne family for this spectacular venue, and also the wider local community and our large team of volunteers – without their support this event would be impossible to run.

    This internationally recognised event attracts many overseas international and Olympic riders and plays host to thousands of visitors from home and abroad.  It is a great opportunity for our riders and horses to perform to the highest international level here in Ireland, while also providing our breeders and producers with an international platform showcasing and promoting the very best of Irish bred horses and promoting the Irish Horse Industry.”

    Speaking on behalf of Sema Lease – Richard Ames said   “ It is a great honour for Sema Lease to be involved and partner such a prestigious event. We are very much looking forward to a long relationship with the Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair.

    Sema Lease has always retained very close connections to the equine world, providing direct sponsorship to several elite level riders, Andrew Nicolson, Caroline Powell & Christopher Burton, Also sponsoring several high level horse trails and events both locally, nationally and internationally. With offices located in the UK and Ireland we are perfectly placed to service our customer base ranging from private individuals through to multi-national corporations and now have a fleet in excess of 5000 vehicles.

    I would like to thank the organising committee for all of their hard work and to thank (in advance) all of the riders, guests and visitors to this year’s event.”

    Camphire has much more to offer visitors than just horses and world class equestrianism with the added attraction of the Country Fair, Shopping Village, Craft and Artisan Food Stalls, which contain the best of locally produced products, as well as a Family Fun Area.

    The ever popular GAIN Dog Show should once again prove a huge hit for all the family with ten categories to cater for all breeds, shapes and sizes.  The GAIN Dog Show this year will be in aid of The Irish Guide Dogs, that support people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism by providing life-changing services. The “Birds of Prey” Display is a must for anyone who has never seen such an exhibit and is sure to draw huge attention.

    Camphire Estate in West Waterford is located just ten minutes from Cappoquin, Lismore and Tallow and less than an hour from Cork and Waterford city making this venue the ideal location for the surrounding region.

    Monday 09th July 2018